Set iOS To Show Full Contact Name Instead Of Short Name – How To


Tired of seeing short contact names throughout iOS? Here's how you can set iOS to show full contact names, or nicknames, if you so wish, in a few easy steps.

Short Name Contact

By default, especially in the Messages app, iOS will only show the fist name of a contact. This can become very, very annoying at times when you're jumping back and forth different message threads of people who may have similar names.

In order to overcome this situation, you can either assign a contact name a special character to set him / her apart from another similar one. Or set iOS to show the complete name of a contact, or their nickname, if you have assigned one to them in the Contacts app. We'll be walking you through the steps on how to achieve the latter, so pick up your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and let's just right into the entire process.

Set iOS To Show Full Contact Names System-Wide Rather Than Their First Name Only

1. Open the Settings app from your home screen.

2. Scroll down a little and open 'Mail, Contacts, Calendars.'

3. Now scroll down again and open 'Short Name.'


4. You have several options to go along with here. Either you can turn off the 'Short Name' option completely, forcing iOS to show the complete contact name system-wide, or you can set it to show nicknames, if they're assigned to contacts.

If you're here to turn off 'Short Name' completely then simply turn the toggle switch OFF. And if you prefer nicknames for contacts, then turn the 'Prefer Nicknames' to the ON position.


That's it, from here on in, depending on the choice you made in the last step, iOS will show you the complete contact name system-wide. And if you've enabled the 'Prefer Nicknames' option, then an assigned nickname will be shown to you instead, making it easier for you to identify who are you dealing with.

Many of us have friends that bear the same name, and in order to remove the confusion who we are talking to from our iPhones, iPad, iPod touch, then turning the Short Name option off is the way to go in order to streamline things. And if you're willing to go one step further, then you can replace the contact name with a nickname as well. That's entirely your call though.

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